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Old January 31st, 2014, 08:02 PM   #1
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Senegal has 906 km of railway at 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) gauge. This is part of the Dakar–Niger Railway which crosses the border to Mali. The railway is operated by Transrail, managed by the Belgian company Vecturis.[1]
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Senegal was formerly part of the federation of French West Africa so the history of its railways is closely linked to that of its neighbours.

Dakar–Saint-Louis railway

This was the first railway line in French West Africa when it opened in 1885. It is now out of service.

Dakar–Niger Railway

Construction work on the Dakar–Niger Railway began at the end of the 19th century. The line was completed at the beginning of the 20th century.

Petit train de banlieue

The Petit train de banlieue (PTB) is a passenger train providing regular commuter services between Dakar railway station and Thiès, via Thiaroye and Rufisque. It was inaugurated in December 1987.
Developments since 2000[edit]

A gauge conversion from 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) was planned.


In August 2006 RITES of India was to supply 5 metre-gauge locomotives, with vacuum brakes converted to air brakes.[citation needed]
In October 2007 70 air braked coaches were ordered from Rail Coach Factory in India.[4] A 750 kilometres (470 mi) rail line was planned to Faleme River region of South East Senegal for iron ore traffic.

In 2010, the Faleme project has been delayed by disputes between the leaseholders.[citation needed] In the meantime, the Dakar-Port Sudan Railway project surfaced.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rail_transport_in_Senegal
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Axe Louga-Dakar: l'abandon du trafic ferroviaire constitue un frein au désenclavement du Djolof



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St Louis station, railway and bridge


18:05min

Kaolak

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Old February 2nd, 2014, 02:34 PM   #3
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My school French dosen't help very much here. It's quite clear the railways are in bad shape however. But it's a real waste, the infrastructure is there and Senegal is a densly populated place with short distances. Rehabilitating the railway wouldn't cost too much compared to other countries with no infrastructure.

Does the PTB run all the way to Thiés?
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Senegal Railways coaches exported from India





Courtesy: http://www.rcf.indianrailways.gov.in/
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Senegal Railways coaches exported from India





Courtesy: http://www.rcf.indianrailways.gov.in/
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Seriously? That looks like a jail car or perhaps a soldier transport. They better be getting these for free…
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I think that it is a suburban wagon.
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There is a suburban car. But, It is a ugly configuration...
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Dakar - Bamako upgrade seeks private investors
Wednesday, February 04, 2015



THE African Union (AU) is seeking private investors to support an upgrade of the 1000mm-gauge single track Dakar - Bamako line to improve connectivity and boost trade between Senegal and landlocked Mali

The upgrade entails investment in new track to convert the 1000mm-gauge line to standard gauge, as well as rolling stock, and signalling on the 1128km line. China International Railways, China Railways Corporation Construction and Sahara Mining, India, have expressed interest in financing the project

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I visited Dakar a few weeks ago and explored the PTB (Petit Train de Banileue) network....

In short there is a M-S morning and M-F evening commuter service between Dakar and Thiaroye or Rufisque which runs approx every 30 minutes in the peak and requires 4 sets with them calling at limited stops against the traffic flow. Whilst we were there those sets consisted of 1 x Indian built unit known as an "autorail" and 3 x hauled sets with 3 x YDM4s (CC1501, CC1502 and CC1504) and one of the double cabbed 12 cylinder ALCOs that India built for the Mali train (CC2301) seen over 4 days. Of note is that there is currently an ongoing dispute between PTB and the government over unpaid wages and funds and after a strike in April there should have been a two day strike during my visit. However the General Managers mother had died so it was thankfully postponed until a later date.

There is also a M-F service Thies to Dakar in the morning and an evening return but this is currently booked for 2 x autorails and I presume the autorail on the locals is a spare cover (it has the AC Chair Car accommodation) for this train and there's certainly enough stock to cover another local rake if need be. Services start from Dakar Crynos, approx 1km from the ornate and derelict Gare Dakar that is still used to store and service the stock - however access to Gare Dakar was hit and miss depending on which police officers were on duty at the gate. Trains are busy (but not to Indian standards) and ticket checkers and security travel on all services, although we did not travel after dark for obvious reasons. I was told once or twice that photography was illegal but no one seemed to enforce it as I was discreet (well as discreet as a white man in Africa can be) and used a point and shoot compact rather than my DSLR.

Five freights were seen whilst I was out and about, three container sets hauled by either CC2417 or CC2418 (standard EMD GT22s) and painted in the dark green of the former SNCS and two hauled by RS-CC-02 which was a brand new (2013) export from NRE in the states, painted red and silver for Grand Cote Operations (private operator) and catchily classed as a 3GS24C-DE.

Photos and a short video of the 12 cylinder ALCO are at https://flic.kr/s/aHskc4mYYT
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Interesting report though Senegal network seems to be in bad shape.
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Senegal launches Dakar airport rail link tender
Monday, August 03, 2015



THE government of Sengal issued an invitation to prequalify on August 1 for contracts to build a 55km rail link between the centre of the capital Dakar and the new Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD) near Ndiass, which is expected to open next year

The project involves upgrading and electrifying the western section of the Dakar - Diourbel metre-gauge line and constructing a branch to the airport. The link will be built in two phases: Dakar - Diamniado (36km) and Diamniado - AIBD (19km)

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La Chine va relier par train Dakar et Bamak

La Chine va relier par train Dakar et Bamak

http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20151224-c...n-dakar-bamako


Les Sénégalais pourront-ils, dans quelques années, aller se restaurer au célèbre hôtel Buffet de la Gare de Bamako ? Après des années au ralenti, l’Etat vient de signer un partenariat avec le géant chinois China Railway Construction Corporation International (CRCCI) pour reconstruire entièrement la ligne Dakar-Bamako. Quatre ans de travaux sont prévus, 2000 emplois pourraient être créer au Sénégal.

Six millions de tonnes de marchandises, deux millions de passagers par an. Voilà les objectifs fixés par le gouvernement du Sénégal à l’entreprise chinoise CRCCI, qui a remporté ce gigantesque marché, sans appel à la concurrence.

Mansour Elimane Kane, ministre de Transports, rappelle la nécessité de reconstruire totalement cet axe vital : « La ligne qu’on veut réhabiliter, Dakar-Bamako, a été inaugurée en 1923. Le trafic est réduit à un train tous les trois jours. Aujourd’hui, ce transport se fait par la route. C’est 254 camions par jour sur les routes du Sénégal. »

Le contrat engage les travaux de Dakar à Kidira, juste avant la frontière avec le Mali. L’investissement global est de 754 milliards de francs CFA. 15 % de ce montant sera exécuté par des entreprises du Sénégal, le reste par la Chine. Wai Wanzheng, le directeur général adjoint de la RCCI, se félicite de la signature avec le Sénégal, mais rappelle que le lancement du chantier dépend aussi de la signature avec la partie malienne : « Oui, c’est vrai que c’est lié aussi à la conclusion du contrat avec la partie malienne. Le contrat sera signé très prochainement, peut-être que ce sera la semaine prochaine. On attend juste la confirmation de la partie malienne. »

L’entreprise chinoise souhaite attaquer les travaux de cette ligne Dakar-Bamako dès le début de l’année 2016.
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Dry harbour in Tambacounda from new Senda port with new 1450mm railway from Dakar (TER service until Thies)

Dakar Tambacounda 450km


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Liaison ferroviaire Dakar – Tambacounda + Hub logistique

L'objectif général du projet est de contribuer au développement de réseaux de transport multimodal afin de favoriser le développement socio-économique des régions, ainsi que l’évacuation des minerais et la circulation des biens et des personnes à moindre coût dans tout le Sénégal.

Les objectifs spécifiques du projet :

- désenclaver les régions du Sénégal Oriental et de la Casamance avec l’acheminement des produits (miniers et alimentaires) en provenance et à destination de la Casamance ainsi que la sous-région ;

- favoriser la production nationale d’engrais avec les mines de phosphate déjà en exploitation ;

- favoriser le transport de masse des produits agricoles comme le Niébé, l’arachide, le blé et le mil ;

- assurer le désenclavement de la zone sylvopastorale du Nord Est du Sénégal, propice à l’élevage et à la production laitière ;

- favoriser le retour vers la terre des populations avec l’arrêt de l’exode rurale ;

- favoriser la circulation des personnes, des biens et les échanges intérieures dans les deux sens

- décongestionner et limiter les coûts d’entretien des infrastructures routières (300 camions par jour empruntent actuellement l’axe Dakar-Tambacounda) ;

- profiter des investissements du TER, avec l’utilisation des 36 km de double voies standards, pour prolonger les voies de Diamniadio jusqu’à Thiès et d’utiliser la composante Régionale métropolitaine du « R » du TER ;

- utiliser la ville de Thiès comme le point focal pour l’interopérabilité de la ligne du TER, ce qui permettra l’utilisation des voies aussi bien pour le fret, que pour le voyageur ;

- Augmenter la part de marché du transport fret dont les prévisions actuelles de transport pour une mise en service en 2022 sont :

Part de marché visée pour le fret vers le Mali : 2,9 Millions de Tonnes ; (en 2022 capter 50% du tonnage transporter vers le Mali);
Trafic National de Fret : 8,7 Millions de Tonnes par an qui se décomposent ainsi :
AXE THIES-DAKAR : ICS pour 2 millions, GCO pour 800 milles tonnes, DANGOTE pour 1,5 million de tonnes ;

AXE MATAM-SEMME-TAMBACOUNDA-DAKAR : avec la SOMIVA pour 2 millions de tonnes ;

AXE POUT-THIES-TAMBACOUNDA : avec DANGOTE pour les produits à destination du Mali pour 1,2 Million de Tonnes ;

AXE ZIGUINCHOR-TAMBACOUNDA-DAKAR : avec les produits venant de la Casamance via le Port sec pour 200 milles tonnes ;

AXE KEDOUGOU-TAMBACOUNDA-DAKAR : avec la production initiale en minerais dans la région du Sénégal Oriental qui est estimée à 1 Million tonnes.

- mutualiser les coûts financiers liés à l’exploitation du trafic et à la maintenance des voies ferroviaires ;

- favoriser une économie énergétique avec une diminution de la pollution environnementale.
http://www.mittd.gouv.sn/fr/content/...hub-logistique
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